Following Saturday's (Nov. 9, 2013) UFC Fight Night 32: "Belfort vs. Henderson" card at the Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White spoke with Fox Sports' Heidi Androl about the main event bout between Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson.
It took just 77 seconds for Belfort to land a monstrous head kick that put Henderson on his back. It was Belfort's third straight fight won by head kick, while it was the third loss in a row for Henderson, a first for the former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight champion.
With talk before the bout that a loss would mean Belfort's shot at the UFC Middleweight title would go up in smoke, Androl asked White what he thought of Belfort's performance. The President was beyond happy talking about the new and improved Vitor Belfort.
Hits him with that uppercut and literally lifts him off his feet. Gets down and starts grounding and pounding him. He gets up and he kicks him in the head. Unbelievable. Vitor Belfort, ever since he started with the Blackzilians, he's got a camp down there now and he trains differently. He's become an incredibly well-rounded martial artist but more importantly, the new Vitor Belfort, he used to have like mental issues. Mentally he couldn't get it together and would freak himself out sometimes. He's a completely different person. I literally was sitting in my back room here going "WOW! WOW!" I just kept saying "wow." It was unbelievable and there's gonna be some big fights coming up for Vitor Belfort.
While White was impressed by Vitor Belfort's performance against Henderson, the UFC President stopped short of saying that "the Phenom's" next fight would be for the middleweight title. Instead, White mentioned that it could be possible that Belfort's next opponent will be Lyoto Machida, who is coming off his own head kick knockout of Mark Munoz.
It would be crazy for him not to. I don't know, we'll see what happens with this fight. It's a month and a half away. Vitor could wait and we could figure out what we want to do with that or Vitor could want to fight. Cause don't forget, Machida's in the 185 pound division too now so that makes it even more exciting. I like where the 185 pound division is right now, it's awesome.
If there's one thing that White is right about, for the first time in a very long time, the UFC's middleweight division is very interesting.